Unite News http://www.google.co.uk/ The latest stories Unite. en-gb Tue, 31 Jul 2012 22:32:57 GMT Copyright (C) www.rippleffect.com 15 Liquidator fees need urgent review following latest Carillion revelations, says Unite Unite, the UK’s largest union, is calling for an urgent review of the fees, major accountancy firms can charge when a company falls into administration, after it was revealed today (16 August) that following Carillion’s collapse staff at accountancy giant PwC charged on average £356 a hour for their services. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/liquidator-fees-need-urgent-review-following-latest-carillion-revelations-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-35092 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:37:04 -0000 Construction facing autumn of anarchy as crane drivers prepare for strike action Unite members at Ainscough, the UK’s premier mobile crane company, are preparing to begin balloting for industrial action in a dispute over pay. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/construction-facing-autumn-anarchy-as-crane-drivers-prepare-for-strike-action/default.aspx tcm:11-35060 Mon, 13 Aug 2018 09:37:02 -0000 Sunderland crane workers to take strike action tonight over ‘inadequate’ pay offer The action follows talks with the company yesterday which broke down after the management made a revised offer that was worse than the original package the workforce had turned down http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sunderland-crane-workers-take-to-strike-action-tonight-over-inadequate-pay-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-35045 Thu, 9 Aug 2018 12:01:56 -0000 Unite secures North West highways umbrella company ban Unite, the UK’s largest union, has reached an agreement which bans workers from being employed via exploitative umbrella companies on a major highways contract in the North West of England. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-secures-north-west-highways-umbrella-company-ban/default.aspx tcm:11-35032 Wed, 8 Aug 2018 11:57:10 -0000 Crawley council makes significant commitment to local construction workers Unite’s Construction Charter will help local workers to operate in a safe environment on construction sites and to ensure they can raise health and safety issues without fear. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/crawley-council-makes-significant-commitment-to-local-construction-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-35030 Wed, 8 Aug 2018 11:04:46 -0000 Government ‘washes hands’ on umbrella company misery, says Unite Unite, the UK’s largest union, has accused the government of washing its hands of thousands of workers who are experiencing the misery of being paid via an umbrella company. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-washes-hands-on-umbrella-company-misery/default.aspx tcm:11-35014 Mon, 6 Aug 2018 09:55:46 -0000 Government must stop dithering as West Midlands hospital faces further delays, demands Unite Unite, the UK’s largest union, is calling on the government to ‘stop dithering’ as financing problems are set to further delay the completion of the Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick, which has been stalled following the collapse of the original main contractor Carillion in January. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-must-stop-dithering-as-west-midlands-hospital-faces-further-delays-demands-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34998 Thu, 2 Aug 2018 17:15:29 -0000 Call for clarity on the future of Moorside nuclear power station Unite acting national officer for energy Peter McIntosh said: “It is vital for the Cumbrian economy - thousands of highly skilled jobs in construction and operations, once it is up and running, are dependent on this going ahead in a timely fashion." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/call-for-clarity-on-the-future-of-moorside-nuclear-power-station/default.aspx tcm:11-34981 Wed, 1 Aug 2018 14:30:30 -0000 Carillion apprentices ‘dumped’ by receiver and government in act of ‘crass stupidity’ Unite, the UK’s construction union, has described the decision by the official receiver to make redundant 341 Carillion apprentices as an act of ‘crass stupidity’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/carillion-apprentices-dumped-by-receiver-and-government-in-act-of-crass-stupidity/default.aspx tcm:11-34973 Tue, 31 Jul 2018 14:43:54 -0000 Construction bogus self-employment rises again Research by Unite, the UK’s construction union, has revealed a fresh rise in bogus self-employment in the construction industry. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/construction-bogus-self-employment-rises-again/default.aspx tcm:11-34964 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:48:24 -0000 Sunderland crane workers to take strike action over ‘inadequate’ pay offer “Our members take great pride in the high quality cranes they assemble for the oil and maritime industries, but feel that ‘enough is enough’ and that the current offer is inadequate." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/sunderland-crane-workers-to-take-strike-action-over-inadequate-pay-offer/default.aspx tcm:11-34942 Thu, 26 Jul 2018 10:30:26 -0000 Protests over ‘race to the bottom’ at Deeside construction project Gail Cartmail said: "The lengths that are being gone to undermine national agreements on this public private partnership construction project are shameful." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/protests-over-race-to-the-bottom-at-deeside-construction-project/default.aspx tcm:11-34916 Mon, 23 Jul 2018 08:00:29 -0000 Unite reaction to asbestos exposure incident at the Bridge of Don Academy, Aberdeen Unite is demanding that a full and transparent investigation should be carried out by the HSE http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/unite-reaction-to-asbestos-exposure-incident-at-the-bridge-of-don-academy-aberdeen/default.aspx tcm:11-34901 Fri, 20 Jul 2018 15:38:05 -0000 Renewed call for tariff free access to the EU, as British Steel announces ‘strong’ profits Unite national officer for steel Tony Brady said: “Ministers need to support the UK steel industry by ending the Brexit chaos that has engulfed the government and secure tariff free access and frictionless trade to the European Union in Brexit negotiations." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/renewed-call-for-tariff-free-access-to-the-eu/default.aspx tcm:11-34882 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:08:08 -0000 Unite welcomes debate that shines spotlight on the ‘shameful’ plan to close Construction Industry Training Board’s Norfolk HQ Unite regional coordinating officer Mark Robinson said: “We hope today’s Westminster Hall debate throws a powerful spotlight on the shameful plan to close the Construction Industry Training Board’s HQ at Bircham Newton in Norfolk for no sound economic reason." http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/debate-that-shines-spotlight-on-the-shamefulplan-to-close-construction-industry-training-boards-norfolk-hq/default.aspx tcm:11-34872 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:13:38 -0000 Aberdeen bypass must face immediate investigation after ‘lethal’ 15 hour a day adverts unearthed Unite, the UK’s largest union, is calling on the Scottish government to launch an immediate investigation after it was revealed that employment agencies have been advertising for workers to operate for 15 hours a day or 80 hours a week on the highly troubled Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR). http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/aberdeen-bypass-must-face-immediate-investigation-after-lethal-15-hour-a-day-adverts-unearthed/default.aspx tcm:11-34839 Wed, 11 Jul 2018 12:59:22 -0000 Unite members at CITB to plan next steps in head office campaign as minister describes proposals as ‘challenging’ Members of Unite, the UK’s largest union, employed by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), will meet with staff representatives next week (Tuesday 10 July) to decide on their next steps in opposing the proposed closure of the organisation’s head office in Bircham Newton, Norfolk. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-members-at-citb-to-plan-next-steps-in-head-office-campaign-as-minister-describes-proposals-as-challenging/default.aspx tcm:11-34791 Thu, 5 Jul 2018 15:34:23 -0000 Unite launches legal action for ex-Carillion workers on GCHQ contract Unite, the UK’s largest union, has launched legal action on behalf of a group of 27 members who were made redundant following the collapse of the Carillion group in January. The legal action is the first taken by a union for affected workers, following the group’s collapse. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-launches-action-for-ex-carillion-workers-on-gchq-contract/default.aspx tcm:11-34746 Tue, 3 Jul 2018 09:10:43 -0000 Unite local authority craft workers reject local government pay offer and show disgust at employers’ attitude Thousands of Unite members employed in local government, whose pay and conditions are covered by the ‘craft red book’ agreement, and primarily undertake housing maintenance roles, have voted to reject the employers pay offer. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-local-authority-craft-workers-reject-local-government-pay-offer-and-show-disgust-at-employers-attitude/default.aspx tcm:11-34740 Mon, 2 Jul 2018 14:47:42 -0000 Bristol city council to sign charter to protect construction workers Bristol city council has given its backing to a Unite construction charter that seeks to ensure that conditions for workers on construction projects under local authority control in Bristol meet the highest standards. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/bristol-city-council-to-sign-charter-to-protect-construction-workers/default.aspx tcm:11-34742 Mon, 2 Jul 2018 09:20:33 -0000 CITB workers to present local MP with petition opposing Bircham Newton closure and outsourcing plans Representatives of workers facing wholesale job cuts as a result of Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) ‘re-organisation plans’ and members of the local community will tomorrow (Friday 29 June) present two petitions to local MP Henry Bellingham, opposing the organisation’s proposals. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/citb-workers-present-local-mp-with-petition-opposing-bircham-newton-closure-and-outsourcing-plans/default.aspx tcm:11-34699 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 08:59:20 -0000 Westminster council and HSE accused of inaction as workers found illegally living on construction site Unite, the UK’s construction union, has accused Westminster council and the Health and Safety Executive of inaction which could place workers lives in danger, after it notified both organisations of workers illegally living on a construction site in St Johns’ Wood. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/westminster-council-and-hse-accused-of-inaction-as-workers-found-illegally-living-on-construction-site/default.aspx tcm:11-34643 Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:27:04 -0000 Construction needs urgent government intervention to boost output Unite, the UK’s construction union, has called for urgent government intervention in the construction industry after figures published by the ONS today (11 June) revealed that the industry contracted by 3.4 per cent in the three months to April. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/construction-needs-urgent-government-intervention-to-boost-output/default.aspx tcm:11-34571 Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:35:56 -0000 Unite celebrates final victory in employment agency and bogus self-employment battle Unite, the UK’s largest union, has secure the final victory in a long running legal dispute which has created a legal precedent concerning the use of ‘sham contracts’ by payroll companies, umbrella companies and employment agencies. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-celebrates-final-victory-in-employment-agency-and-bogus-self-employment-battle/default.aspx tcm:11-34546 Thu, 7 Jun 2018 10:58:24 -0000 Government failed to protect workers following Carillion’s collapse as taxpayers picks up the bill, says Unite Unite; the UK’s largest union, has lambasted the government’s handling of the collapse of Carillion five months after the firm’s implosion 3,000 workers remain in limbo and vital public sector construction projects remain stalled with no date for work to restart. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-failure-to-protect-workers-following-carillions-collapse-as-taxpayers-picks-up-the-bill-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34544 Thu, 7 Jun 2018 10:29:05 -0000 Unite reaction to news of fatality at Bearsden Station Unite the union is Scotland's largest trade union in the construction industry. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/unite-reaction-to-news-of-fatality-at-bearsden-station/default.aspx tcm:11-34528 Tue, 5 Jun 2018 15:51:26 -0000 Government support for Wylfa nuclear power station ‘a step in the right direction’, says Unite While welcoming the Wylfa decision, Unite called for clarity as speculation mounted about the future of the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/government-support-for-wylfa-nuclear-power-station-a-step-in-the-right-direction-says-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34505 Mon, 4 Jun 2018 19:21:49 -0000 Unite demands government intervention to support construction sector Unite Scotland has today called for the Scottish Government to legislate on the mounting challenges facing the nation’s construction sector. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/unite-demands-government-intervention-to-support-construction-sector/default.aspx tcm:11-34503 Mon, 4 Jun 2018 16:53:24 -0000 CITB head office plans branded deeply flawed by workforce The Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) proposed move from its headquarters in Bircham Newton, Norfolk, to an unspecified site in Peterborough, has been described as deeply flawed by Unite, the UK’s largest union and management representatives, which has no confidence in the process. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/citb-head-office-plans-branded-deeply-flawed-by-workforce/default.aspx tcm:11-34497 Mon, 4 Jun 2018 11:36:49 -0000 New evidence in Deeside ‘race to the bottom’ dispute Unite, the UK’s largest union, has new evidence of a co-ordinated campaign to slash pay rates on the troubled £800 million energy from waste project at Park Adfer in Deeside North Wales. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/new-evidence-in-deesides-race-to-the-bottom-dispute/default.aspx tcm:11-34495 Mon, 4 Jun 2018 09:31:43 -0000 Construction workers set for wage boost as new pay deal agreed Construction workers operating under the Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) agreement are set for a boost in pay and allowances next month after a new two year pay deal worth 6.2 per cent was recently agreed. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/construction-workers-set-for-wage-boost-as-new-pay-deal-agreed/default.aspx tcm:11-34456 Wed, 30 May 2018 10:09:56 -0000 New protests at Deeside construction site as workforce exploitation continues Hundreds of Unite members and other trade unionists will stage a protest at the troubled Park Adfer site in Deeside next Wednesday (30 May) due to the continuing exploitation of the site’s workforce, which is creating a ‘race to the bottom’ on pay and conditions. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/new-protests-at-deeside-construction-site-as-workforce-exploitation-continues/default.aspx tcm:11-34413 Fri, 25 May 2018 10:03:07 -0000 CITB plans put Constructionarium project’s future in doubt warns Unite Unite, the UK’s construction union, is warning that the groundbreaking Constructionarium project is at risk of closure as a direct result of the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) plans to close their headquarters at Bircham Newton in north Norfolk and withdraw from direct construction training. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/citb-plan-put-constructionarium-projects-future-in-doubt-warns-unite/default.aspx tcm:11-34335 Wed, 16 May 2018 09:44:07 -0000 Carillion report must be first step in transforming shattered corporate model Unite, the UK’s largest union, is demanding the full adoption of recommendations contained in a joint select committee report (published today Wednesday 16 May) into Carillion, and is urging the government to do far more to prevent future corporate failures. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/carillion-report-must-be-first-step-in-transforming-shattered-corporate-model/default.aspx tcm:11-34329 Wed, 16 May 2018 00:01:29 -0000 Undercover Police Inquiry: Justice delayed is justice denied Unite, the UK’s largest union, described today’s (Thursday 10 May) revelation that the inquiry into undercover policing will not deliver its final report to the home secretary until 2023 as ‘denying justice’ to the victims. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/undercover-police-inquiry-justice-delayed-is-justice-denied/default.aspx tcm:11-34305 Thu, 10 May 2018 13:54:21 -0000 Gangmasters report ‘hits nail on the head’ on construction exploitation Unite, the construction union, has described a new report by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) as ‘hitting the nail on the head’ in identifying the reasons why exploitation and modern slavery are so prevalent in the construction industry. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/gangmasters-report-hits-nail-on-the-head-on-construction-exploitation/default.aspx tcm:11-34282 Tue, 8 May 2018 13:04:13 -0000 West Midlands hospital delay ‘kick in the teeth’ for local workers, patients and businesses Unite, the UK’s largest union, has described revelations that the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital may not be completed until 2022 as ‘a kick in the teeth’ for workers in the West Midlands, the local economy and patients. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/west-midlands-hospital-delay-kick-in-the-teeth-for-local-workers-patients-and-businesses/default.aspx tcm:11-34261 Fri, 4 May 2018 14:21:58 -0000 CITB workers launch petition to save Scottish construction skills training Members of Unite, the UK’s largest union, employed by the Construction Industry Training Boards (CITB) have launched a petition to reverse a decision which would end unique construction skills training in Scotland. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/citb-workers-launch-petition-to-save-scottish-construction-skills-training/default.aspx tcm:11-34245 Thu, 3 May 2018 10:45:29 -0000 CITB workers launch petition to save vital skills training Workers at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) have launched a petition to put pressure on its new chairman to reverse plans to outsource the organisation’s unique construction training and oppose plans to outsource so called ‘back office functions’. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/citb-workers-launch-petition-to-save-skills-training/default.aspx tcm:11-34241 Thu, 3 May 2018 09:40:40 -0000 CITB job cuts beset by confusion, warns Unite Unite, the UK’s largest union, has warned that the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) restructuring plans are mired in confusion and the organisation is guilty of failing to properly consult the industry on its most controversial plans. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/citb-job-cuts-beset-by-confusion/default.aspx tcm:11-34165 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:26:46 -0000 Essex concrete dispute settled as deal reached The long running dispute at Essex concrete maker Tarmac Building Products Ltd has been resolved after a deal safeguarding against the creation of a two tier workforce was agreed. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/essex-concrete-dispute-settled-as-deal-reached/default.aspx tcm:11-34144 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:58:06 -0000 Deeside construction site protest to halt ‘shameful race to the bottom’ Unite members and fellow trade unionists will be protesting at the £800 million energy to waste construction site at Parc Adfer in Deeside http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/deeside-construction-protest-to-halt-shameful-race-to-the-bottom/default.aspx tcm:11-34135 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:30:02 -0000 Unite calls for training overhaul as dead end construction courses increase Unite, the UK’s largest union, is calling for a radical overhaul in how construction training is undertaken, after unearthing a large increase in so called ‘dead end construction courses. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-calls-for-training-overhaul-as-dead-end-construction-courses-increase/default.aspx tcm:11-34048 Fri, 6 Apr 2018 10:23:37 -0000 JIB announces changes to the ECS Card Scheme from 2019 The Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) has announced some important changes to the scheme that will take effect from 2019 across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/construction/constructionnews/jib-announces-changes-to-the-ecs-card-scheme-from-2019/default.aspx tcm:11-34004 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 10:15:48 -0000 Unite lambasts decision to block open cast coal mining in Northumberland Unite, the UK’s largest union, has lambasted the decision of communities secretary Savid Javid to block the open cast coal mining development in Highthorn Northumberland. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-lambasts-decision-to-block-open-cast-coal-mining-in-northumberland/default.aspx tcm:11-33983 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 12:27:35 -0000 Police blacklisting admission could lead to fresh legal action Unite, the UK’s largest union, is considering whether to launch further legal action on behalf of its members who were blacklisted, following today’s (Friday 23 March) admission by the Metropolitan Police, that police officers supplied information that appeared in the files of blacklisting victims. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/police-blacklisting-admission-could-lead-to-fresh-legal-action/default.aspx tcm:11-33970 Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:30:41 -0000 Unite fears new company at Waverley will use same old rip-off 'umbrella' companies Unite calls on the likely new contractor, Story Rail, on the Waverley station project, to work with the union to end the disgrace of umbrella company rip-off contracts. http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/scotland/latestnews/unite-scotland-fears-new-contractors-at-waverley-will-use-the-same-old-rip-off-umbrella-companies/default.aspx tcm:11-33943 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:02:16 -0000 Unite backs walkout at SpyCops inquiry Unite, the UK’s largest union, has backed today’s (Wednesday 21 March) walkout of participants at the Mittings public inquiry into undercover policing. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-backs-walkout-at-spycops-inquiry/default.aspx tcm:11-33925 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:21:25 -0000 Essex concrete maker dispute hardens Unite, the UK’s largest union, has announced an intensification of strike action in the dispute with Essex concrete maker Tarmac Building Products Ltd over the creation of a two tier workforce. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/essex-concrete-maker-dispute-hardens/default.aspx tcm:11-33907 Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:04:51 -0000 New spycops revelations underline the need for blacklisting public inquiry New revelations which have emerged during the public inquiry into undercover policing ‘spycops’, has led Unite, the UK’s largest union to renew its calls for a separate and full public inquiry into the blacklisting scandal. http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/spycops-revelations-underline-the-need-for-blacklisting-public-inquiry/default.aspx tcm:11-33874 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:29:50 -0000